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Man holding Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine; vaccine mandates FDA

Texas’s Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order to ban vaccine mandates regardless of their FDA approval status.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order this week that will ban COVID-19 vaccine mandates regardless of FDA approval.

The executive order is essentially a follow-up on Abbott’s previous decision to ban state agencies, government entities and businesses from requiring proof of vaccination that was given under an “emergency use authorization.”

The new order apparently doesn’t include the mention of emergency use authorization. Instead, it covers all bases by stating that “no governmental entity can compel any individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.”

Abbott also said in the order that decisions on state-imposed vaccine mandates should be considered by state lawmakers.

“Vaccine requirements and exemptions have historically been determined by the legislature, and their involvement is particularly important to avoid a patchwork of vaccine mandates across Texas,” Abbott said.

Due to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine recently getting FDA approval, we can expect to see a slew of vaccine mandates across the country. Gov. Abbott is doing the right thing by addressing that problem head-on. Other state leaders should follow the governor’s example and protect American citizens from having their freedoms taken away.

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